Wrap it Up Week: Documenting Not-So-Perfect Photos with Michelle Flynn

We are so excited to start off a fun week to help you wrap up past December projects: Wrap it Up Week! Each day, you’ll find a new post from a team member who is finishing off a past year’s album, using our new Document December 2021 kit and add-ons, and we hope these posts inspire you to wrap up your past projects, too! First, Michelle Flynn is with us to share a spread that she was hesitant to document because of dark, nighttime photos. Let’s see what she created!

Hi friends! It’s Michelle here with you today kicking off an exciting week that Elle’s Studio has planned for our creative community! It’s Wrap It Up Week and there’s so much inspiration coming your way to help you finish your holiday documenting from previous years!  

I love the encouragement to finish documenting our holiday memories! Today I am documenting a holiday evening we spent welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to the annual tree lighting ceremony in our community. We were so wrapped up in all the merry moments that evening (and freezing cold) that each photo was pretty rushed but I am happy to say that I let the products inspire me to bring these memories to life and it helped highlight even those dark photos! Every moment matters so I’ve been left appreciating these photos even more now that I’ve finished documenting it with the beautiful Document December 2021 kit and add-ons.  

Here is my completed layout:

Supplies | Document December 2021 Kit, On This Day Holiday Journaling Tags, December Vellum Stickers, Holiday Label Stickers, Chipboard Tree Stickers, Gold Puffy Heart and Star Stickers, Christmas Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Holiday Magic Gold Puffy Stickers, Simple Joys Puffy Stickers, Wonder Paper Stack, Dear Santa Stamp, Merry Christmas Stamp, Holiday Tags Metal Die, Christmas Die Cuts Metal Die

I began by sorting through the Document December 2021 Kit, selecting the “hang a shining star” tag to begin the left side of my layout. It was the perfect sentiment and such a pretty color. It really didn’t need anything else but I had to add that sweet star to the tree using the Gold Puffy Heart and Star Stickers.  

I thought the font color of that pocket tag would go nicely with the darker shade of green of the On This Day Holiday Journaling Tag and I added a small photo of my husband and I. The corner is accented with puffy hearts using the Christmas Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers. I finished it up by stamping sweet sentiments from the Dear Santa Stamp and the Merry Christmas Stamp. To wrap up this page, I added a few of the Document December 2021 Kit phrase stickers and Holiday Label Stickers to the photo of Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in. So very simple and done!

By this time, I was just loving the light and darker shades of those greens and I started the foundation page for the right side of my layout with that in mind. I used the festive Wonder Paper Stack—I just love that black and white “fa la la” paper so much and paired with the green paper it’s gorgeous! That sheet inspired me to grab the fun Holiday Tags Metal Die. I ran the “fa la la” metal die through and backed it with the green paper. I then cut the sheet in half and added a border with the Wonder Paper Stack so I could create a flip. I added raised foam adhesive to the cute die cut on the border from the Document December 2021 Kit so that would serve as the opening to the flip up. I used that little tree tag from the Christmas Die Cuts Metal Die to the corner of the flip using the paper stack and gold cardstock. Again, this was simple and didn’t take much effort other than my smiles during this crafting time as I started to realize how easily this was coming together!

As I said earlier, our photos weren’t the best, and to be honest that might just be why I’ve put off documenting this holiday memory. This little flip-up allowed me to incorporate the photos in a smaller format and in a creative way with beautiful elements that focuses on the fun we had versus the photo quality! I used that gorgeous green pocket tag from the Document December 2021 Kit for my journaling. I added a few little touches with decorative ribbon, the December Vellum Stickers, Santa’s Favorite Chipboard Stickers from the kit, the Simple Joys Puffy Stickers, Holiday Magic Gold Puffy Stickers and those adorable Chipboard Tree Stickers!  

And that’s a wrap for me friends! I am so incredibly happy to have been inspired to finally have these memories documented with the beautiful Elle’s Studio Document December release. I hope this inspired you in some small way to let your products motivate you to wrap up your own holiday memories! Share how you are documenting December using the #ellesstudio hashtag on Instagram and don’t forget about all of the fun in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! There’s so much inspiration coming to you this week and I’m really excited to see your holiday memories come to life with the inspiration from this wonderful release! Happy creating, friends!

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